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Chunky Apple Cake

After taste testing apple cake recipes, I've found this particular recipe the best. Full of old-world comfort, the yummy brown sugar sauce really makes the cake special. For a festive occasion, top with a dollop of whipped cream. —Debi Benson, Bakersfield, California
  • Total Time
    Prep: 20 min. Bake: 40 min. + cooling
  • Makes
    15 servings

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 large eggs, room temperature
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 6 cups chopped peeled tart apples
  • BUTTERSCOTCH SAUCE:
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup butter, cubed
  • 1/2 cup heavy whipping cream

Directions

  • In a large bowl, cream the butter, sugar and vanilla. Add eggs, 1 at a time, beating well after each addition. Combine the flour, cinnamon, nutmeg, salt and baking soda; gradually add to creamed mixture and mix well (batter will be stiff). Stir in apples until well combined.
  • Spread into a greased 13x9-in. baking dish. Bake at 350° for 40-45 minutes or until top is lightly browned and springs back when lightly touched. Cool for 30 minutes before serving.
  • Meanwhile, in a small saucepan, combine brown sugar and butter. Cook over medium heat until butter is melted. Gradually add cream. Bring to a slow boil over medium heat, stirring constantly. Remove from the heat. Serve with cake.

Test Kitchen Tips
  • If you find it hard to slice cinnamon roll dough with a knife, try dental floss. Place a piece under the rolled dough, 1 inch from the end. Bring the floss up around the dough and cross it over the top to slice neatly through. Repeat at 1-inch intervals.
  • Dark brown sugar contains more molasses than light or golden brown sugar. The types are generally interchangeable in recipes. But if you prefer a bolder flavor, choose dark brown sugar.
  • You can make all 42 of these apple recipes in your 13x9.
  • Nutrition Facts
    1 piece with 1 tablespoon sauce: 339 calories, 13g fat (8g saturated fat), 58mg cholesterol, 209mg sodium, 54g carbohydrate (39g sugars, 2g fiber), 3g protein.

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    • Eiceman
      Oct 5, 2020

      This apple cake is good. I added walnuts and raisins as some suggested. I didn’t make the Butterscotch sauce. I bought a bottle of caramel sauce for topping. If you’re not eating the whole cake right away, the homemade sauce didn’t seem like a good idea.

    • Spartangirl
      Oct 3, 2020

      Really great flavor and easy to make. I used a food processor for the apples, and cut the calories by using Egg Beaters, LF yogurt spread (Brummel & Brown) and monk fruit with a little Splenda to sweeten it (since I can't have a lot of sugar.) Served with with a cup of hot latte it's so comforting - especially on a chilly Fall afternoon! Next time I'll add raisins. Keeps well in the fridge. This is a keeper!

    • Linda
      Sep 15, 2020

      I already left my review, but wanted to say, I did find that I needed the full 1/2 teaspoon of baking soda for the half recipe, so I'm thinking a full teaspoon for the whole cake? At any rate, really awesome recipe!!!

    • elkabong
      Sep 14, 2020

      You forgot the Walnuts. Chopped Walnuts make a huge difference.

    • PKG14
      Sep 3, 2020

      I have made this for years! It was called Apple Dapple Cake!

    • Kathi
      Aug 10, 2020

      When I put this recipe together the batter was extremely thick, and I could barely fold in the apples. I struggled to press it into the 9x13 pan. I thought for sure I would have to throw it out the next day and find another recipe for the birthday party. To my amazement it cooked perfectly and my family loved it. I will use this recipe without fear for any occasion.

    • Melissa
      Jun 26, 2020

      Yum! I also followed a couple of the suggestions for the sugar and used 1 cup white, 1/2 cup brown and it was perfectly sweet. I chopped the apples (galas because thats what I had) and liked that they didnt turn into a mushy mess-they have a nice texture. I know the sauce isn't "necessary" but it sure is delicious! Honestly the cake was moist and yummy without it, but the sauce added a nice layer of flavor. Next time I will toss in some raisins and see how that goes. Thanks for a great recipe! This is going into the "family-fave-make-regularly" list!

    • Teresa
      May 21, 2020

      I use to make this all the time, my ex-mother-in-law taught it to me... but she always sliced (not diced) her apples and never used any topping other than an occasional sprinkling of powdered sugar. It was one of the few cakes that my step-dad (a type 2 diabetic) could eat once in a while. I've made this both ways and it's awesome either way but I think I lean more towards the no icing and sliced apples.

    • patteliv
      Mar 27, 2020

      Delicious, this is my go to apple cake, everyone loves it,,with the sauce,,

    • Lisa
      Nov 3, 2019

      Made this for my husband's collector club. I didn't have the spices individually so I used apple pie spice. It worked well. I didn't have time to make the butterscotch sauce, but the cake itself was sweet enough. One of my husband's friends went back for seconds.